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Big sky sound from Neat’s compact Iota Xplorer

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Little bro just got a bigger bro, for to kick the sand back at the sceptics.

Say what? Well according to Doug Graham, Sales Director at Neat Acoustics, the little Iota Alpha floorstanders were too small and weedy to be taken seriously…by some audiophiles. Novelty value, not real speakers. Never mind that they were seeded by the acclaimed original Iota, a diminutive shelf/desktop speaker with planar magnetic tweeter and optimised to work close to a wall. I heard the Iota first – king of where’s-the-sub – at a Manchester show.… Read the full article

RMAF 2017: Taking a Neat Schiit on a Naim

By | October 6th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How soon is now? Denver, CO. Friday 6th October. 10am, MT. The 14th Rocky Mountain Audio Festival is throwing open its doors and embargoes on a handful of product announcements are being lifted. That means even non-attendees can keep abreast of high-end audio developments coming down the pike from the Denver Tech Centre’s newly refurbished Marriott Hotel.

Here we detail three announcements whilst acknowledging the irony that you’re getting this information faster than you would were I in Denver covering the show.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Trends, rants and John’s Best of Show

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The audio-show year kicked off for me with an eardrum-flexing snare shot in Chicago at Audio Expo North America. If those three hectic days near the end of April are any indication, we’re in for a heck of a ride.

AXPONA was the first of what will be the most crowded calendar ever on the exhibit circuit, with three shows in California alone, as well as at least that many other sizable events elsewhere. And that’s just the domestic lineup — the huge High End Munich show also drew impressive crowds recently.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Less is more for Neat, Audia Flight

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Some audiophiles have an unfortunate tendency to judge equipment at first glance by appearance alone.

Often they are guilty of stereotyping products, as in, “Small speaker? Probably small sound.”

Some visitors to the High Fidelity Services exhibit at AXPONA might have made that mistake when they saw the diminutive Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha speakers ($2,380 a pair).

These uniquely styled transducers are floor-standers, but they still are just under 16 inches tall without spikes.

The Iota’s cabinet is internally split into two chambers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2016: High Fidelity Services Pulls Neat Trick, Takes Flight

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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When trudging down the hallways of a hotel packed with $200K+ systems, finding an exhibit making great sound at a more affordable level is almost as refreshing as encountering a room with an enabled air-conditioner.

A cool breeze and some engaging music greeted me as I entered the High Fidelity Services space at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. The contemporary, very compact speakers sitting at center stage, illuminated by spotlights in the dim room, were Neat Acoustics’ Iota Alpha model ($1,995 a pair).… Read the full article

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